MMAE Member Champions Pet Memorial Board

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Countless synagogues devote yahrzeit boards and plaques to honor people who have passed. In the coming months, one synagogue will feature a similar memorial … for pets. Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, is planning to erect a memorial board to pay tribute to deceased pets. The idea came from congregant and ardent… Read More

Teen Art Whiz’s Work To Be Featured On Anti-Drug Calendar

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For Rebecca Schuman, 14, artwork has always been a personal outlet. A way to relax, a way to escape. However, one of her more recent works stands to impact (and be viewed by) countless others. In late June, the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore County announced the winners of its annual anti-drug contest, in which… Read More

At Home In The Jewish Home

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When 38 teens returned to Baltimore after a month in Israel, their faces were glowing with excitement from the trip that they all agreed was “awesome” and “amazing.” “People always told me Israel was a home of mine, but I never actually felt that connection until I saw it myself,” said Matthew Rogers, 16. He… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

Kim Steller (left) and 
Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood… Read More

Nefesh B’Nefesh

Marietta and Nissan Jaffee made aliyah on Monday through Nefesh B'Nefesh.

The Dorn family is leaving Kemp Mill to start a new life in Israel. Pushing luggage piled high on carts, Ian and Gali Dorn and their three boys made aliyah July 22. Neither Ian Dorn nor his wife had a job awaiting them in Israel. “I am going on pure faith,” he said, adding he… Read More

Jews On Bikes

It’s not even 8 o’clock Sunday morning, but members of the Lonsmen, the [Yiddish] word for brotherhood and kinship, already are putting on their black pants, black shirts, black leather jackets and do-rags. We’re not talking Hell’s Angels here. Instead, picture a coed group of predominantly Jewish motorcyclists in their 50s and 60s who also… Read More

Special Volunteers

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It all started last year when a student approached Dr. Linda Samuels, high school science teacher at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore. The student asked Dr. Samuels for help finding summer work in a lab. Dr. Samuels began asking around and eventually got into contact with Dr. Daniel Edelman of the National Cancer Institute of the… Read More

Super Teacher

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Mary Jo Giulioni, third-grade teacher and co-director of the Resource Program at Torah Institute, which works with children with learning differences, is spending the summer reminiscing about the last three decades — three decades spent working at an Orthodox Jewish school. What makes those 30 years even more special is that Giulioni is Catholic. “The… Read More

A Clear Vision

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Although Dr. S. Dallas Dance’s office sits high on a hill at the Baltimore County Public Schools headquarters on North Charles Street, there can be no mistake: This superintendent is grounded in what is necessary to move the county and its diverse student population forward. Earlier this summer, Dr. Dance sat down with the Baltimore… Read More

Flowers For Powers

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While many 10-year-olds are busy spending their summers relaxing with friends after long hot days at camp, Lexi Thomas and Abby Levin are trekking around Baltimore spreading light, joy and happiness to the sick and the elderly. The girls founded their own nonprofit called Flowers for Powers and just recently received official nonprofit status. It… Read More